Are you apartment hunting in Roanoke, VA for an off-campus apartment for next school year? Here are some things to consider. Stay tuned, next week we’ll list a few more things to consider.
- Don’t base your opinion of the apartment complex off of the model they show you during your tour. Talk to people who have lived there before you and get their opinions before you sign the lease.
- Make sure you know at least one of your roommates.
- Grocery shop in bulk. Buy a bunch of meats, separate them and freeze them so you’ll have dinner ideas prepared.
- Write down and photograph everything wrong with the apartment as soon as you move in. That way, you won’t be charged for property damage when it’s time for you to leave.
- Get to know your neighbors.
- Make a Google doc with your roommates to document who’s bringing what so you don’t all show up on move-in day with duplicate items.
- Your parents will probably get you a bunch of cleaning supplies for your apartment — use them.
- Remember what grocery items you bought. And if something of yours goes missing, don’t be afraid to nicely confront your roommates about it.
- Use the maintenance request forms whenever needed. Don’t be afraid that you’ll bother your complex management. Paying $600 a month for rent means 600 reasons everything in your apartment should be perfect.
- Don’t forget to pay your rent — those late fees can be a killer.
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